I have seen information saying that the drive must have not more than 32 MB of cache, must be SATA-2 (3 Gb/s) transfer or be jumpered to force SATA-2, must be formatted first in a PC, etc. None of these requirements are true. I believe that the only limitation of the hard drive is that it must be 2 TB capacity or less with a SATA interface.
Regarding formatting, there is absolutely no reason to format the drive first in a PC. This just complicates the process. Yes, there is misinformation in the user guide that states that the drive is automatically formatted when the TViX is turned on. No, it is not. The following must be done to format the drive:
* Install the drive in the TViX
* Power on and go through the setup Wizard
* Choose the option 'Movie' from the main menu
* Once you enter the Movie screen you will be prompted - 'TVIX found Internal HDD is not formatted. Do you want to format the internal disk'. The options are OK and Cancel, click OK. My 1 TB drive took less than 30 seconds to format.
Figured that. I don't have a PC with a SATA interface so I'm pretty sure I used the procedure you posted.